In 1977, the concept of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program was introduced in Seattle, Washington. Seattle Juvenile Court Judge David W. Soukup realized that children who entered the legal system due to abuse or neglect in their own homes were often inadvertently re-victimized by courts and public social service agencies... More about GAL/CASA »
The Indiana GAL/CASA network now has community CASA volunteer programs in 78 of our 92 counties. In 2012, 18,537 children in CHINS and TPR cases were served by 3,466 GAL/CASA volunteers across the State of Indiana. These volunteers receive 30 hours of initial training, 12 hours of annual in-service training, and are closely monitored by program staff in these counties. Last year alone, CASA volunteers donated 332,733 hours advocating for our abused and neglected children.